Definition of cuttlebone in English:

Share this entry

cuttlebone

Pronunciation: /ˈkʌtlbəʊn/

noun

The flattened oval internal skeleton of the cuttlefish, which is made of white lightweight chalky material. It is used as a dietary supplement for cage birds and for making casts for precious metal items: parakeets require only a cuttlebone to hone their beaks [mass noun]: cuttlebone has long been used for casting pieces of jewellery
More example sentences
  • Almost any bird needs a cuttlebone or mineral equivalent to keep their bones healthy and beaks sharp.
  • Another item that should be kept in your parakeet's cage is either a cuttlebone or a mineral block.
  • Both groups had access to cuttlebone and fresh water ad libitum.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: cuttle|bone

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.